Circe by Madeline Miller


The daring, dazzling and highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Song of Achilles One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018"An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner." - Ann PatchettIn the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Tur...

Details Circe

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFantasy, Mythology, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Retellings

Reviews Circe

  • Emily May
    “Witches are not so delicate,” I said. I absolutely loved this. If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters - both literal and figurative - then hell, READ THIS BOOK.To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of Miller's The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back. I'm not sure if that's because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the p...
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.✨ Signed and personalized copies are available through Main Point Books! (They can ship anywhere in the US, anywhere in the UK, and also to some other international locations) “When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.” This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with this story, I predict ...
  • Ana
    Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict. A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology. Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage) Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility) Poseidon (God of the Sea) Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)Athena (Virgin G...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    I dived into Circe believing to be fully prepared for it, all because I had read and re-read, loved and re-loved The Song Achilles. Now I know that was a foolish notion for me to entertain.“It was my first lesson. Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.”In fact, I soon learned the hard way that no matter how well you think you know her and her writing, you are never prepared for what Madelin...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsSuch a great book! You do not need to be a fan of mythology to read this book! Confession - I requested this book because I saw it on a list about "anticipated books of 2018” It did not disappoint. If anything this book dazzled! Anticipate this book folks and rush out and get yourself a copy when it becomes available (or request it on NetGalley as I did!).Circe is the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans. ...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    I LOVED The Song of Achilles and wasn't totally sure what to expect here (since Circe's story isn't as big), so I went into this book trying not to compare the two. I'm glad I did that now because both stories are incredibly well done, yet do feel a bit different. I think The Song of Achilles has more emotional angst and action to get invested in since it draws from a sweeping, epic poem. Circe felt more like a journey and portrait of a character...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. Where do I even begin? This was one of the most amazing, beautiful, intricate, captivating books I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire life. I have been a bookworm since I was barely walking, and yet this book, this gorgeous retelling, has impacted me so profoundly that I genuinely do not know if I will ever be entirely the same. It is a common saying that women are delicate creatu...
  • Tammy
    “Whoo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye” - Don HenleyAs a child I was enchanted by D’Aularies’ Book of Greek Myths and later by Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. I enjoyed Miller’s Song of Achilles and was eager to read Circe. Monsters, gods and goddesses, nymphs and naiads all make appearances and once again I was enchanted. Having read The Odyssey, The Iliad and Ulysses will increase your enjoyment but it isn’t necessary and ...
  • Emma
    'I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.'5 wonderful Madeline Miller stars! After The Song of Achilles, I was intrigued to see what marvels would come next. Set in the aftermath of the Olympian victory over the Titans, Circe is a lesser daughter of Helios, the Titanic Sun God, a nymph and immortal.I am not going to go into det...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Circe is an epic fantasy that reads like a historical fiction novel, based on the Greek mythology of the witch of Aiaia, the daugher of a Titan- Circe.I minored in the classics at university and one of my favorite classes was mythology. I love taking apart stories that mirror humanity's foibles and try to explain the origin of some of life's harder truths.In the war between the Titans and the Olympians, a creation story that could be interpreted ...
  • Emma
    Thence we sailed on, grieved at heart, glad to have escaped death, though we had lost our dear comrades; and we came to the isle of Aeaea, where dwelt fair-tressed Circe, a dread goddess of human speech, own sister to Aeetes of baneful mind; and both are sprung from Helius, who gives light to mortals, and from Perse, their mother, whom Oceanus begot. Here we put in to shore with our ship in silence, into a harbor where ships may lie, and some god...
  • Rachel
    Like so many other readers, I was a huge fan of Madeline Miller's debut The Song of Achilles. I wouldn't call it a flawless piece of literature or even a flawless Iliad adaptation, but it utterly consumed me, I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks, and I have no hesitations when I say that it's one of my favorite books. My feelings about Circe are much more complicated.In many ways, you could argue that it surpasses The Song of Achilles from...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Perfect read! One of the best of 2018 if you are looking to pre order a good book. The storytelling is effortless. We follow Circe from birth. She does not seem to be a promising goddess nor is she a favourite of her parents. She isn't as talented as her siblings but soon she discovers magic. She is exiled (for reasons that make up the story) to an island and becomes a revered witch who brews magic from herbs. There is love, betrayal, tension bet...
  • Kath (sheturnspages)
    Thank you to the publisher for sending an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. “I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.”I dove into Circe equipped with only the knowledge that I love anything to do with mythology and folklore and that does not exclude the Greek variety. But I was not ...
  • Viktoria (seelieknight)
    *I was sent an arc by the publishers*material in books is subject to change.I always enjoyed the Odyssey, but it was never a favorite tale of mine. Circe, for those who might not be familiar with the story, was a minor character who’s notorious moment of fame was when she turned Odyssey’s men into pigs. Yes, that actually happened—and yes, she made me enjoy the tale considerably more than had she never been written into it.With that out of ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Circe de-clawed and domesticatedOnce again, I'm afraid I'm an outlier when it comes to Miller: while I didn't dislike this in the same way that I did her Achilles, I found this to be a shallow, even superficial, version of Circe, and one which takes a woman who is wild and dangerous in the originary myths and then de-claws and domesticates her. Miller's Circe is kind and gentle, yearning to be loved and included in her cold family, and even the m...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    OKAY YES I WROTE A REVIEW, FINALLY *waves arms* “I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now that they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.” (First, a shameless plug: find the full review on my blog here)Circe was such a beautiful novel. A lot of people who know me are aware of my absolute passion for Miller's debut, The Song of Achilles, and so when I got an ARC of C...
  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction*Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book! This in no way affects my opinion.I already know I’m going to reread this book many times in my life. I already want to reread it, and I’ve only just finished it.Now, I’ve not yet read The Odyssey, the book that’s said to have inspired this one. But I certainly don’t think it loses anything by reading it that way...
  • Tiffany Miss.Fiction
    I’m quiet sure so many people won’t like this book as much as The Song Of Achilles. There is not a big and enrapturing love story, there are no warriors in shiny armors and there are no glorious deeds. If it was quiet easy to root for Achilles’ and Patroclo’s story, it won’t be the same for Circe’s. However, i am immensely grateful for Circe. When i started it i had no expectations because i didn’t know what it would be about - exce...